Lee County District Attorney’s Office Funds & Places Four Drug Take-Back Kiosks in Local Pharmacies
The Lee County District Attorney’s office has funded and placed drug take-back kiosk’s in four different pharmacies in the area.
The kiosks are now available in Our Home Pharmacy in Auburn, Beauregard Drugs, Bubba’s Medicine Shop in Opelika and Crossroads Pharmacy in Smiths Station.
“Drugs and medications are getting out on the street legally, but it does not cause it from wrecking havoc and that’s what’s going on,” said Brandon Hughes, Lee County District Attorney.
Officials said the opioid crisis in Lee County and Auburn University is an issue.
“I was talking to a parent and her daughter hosted a party and her medication was gone, it was stolen. These are the type of things we are dealing with,” said Hughes.
This is an initiative the District Attorney’s Office, the four local pharmacies and the Alabama Pharmacy Association have been working on since April.
Hughes went to the Alabama Pharmacy Association for help in making this come together. The association helped him find the best disposal units for each pharmacy and the steps the pharmacists needed to take to become an authorized collector.
Local and state leaders are behind this initiative to help battle the opioid crisis in our community.
“Brandon is not prosecuting people robbing pharmacies, but prosecuting people who are robbing cabinets. So, anyway we can eliminate the supply that’s out there, that’s in our homes, is a good program and it’s one step along the way to fix the problem,” said State Rep. Joe Lovvorn, (R) District 79.
Pharmacists were not allowed to accept unused or old medications. So, this box allows them to point people in the right direction who are wanting to dispose of them properly.
“I’ve been a pharmacist for 30 years and we couldn’t take back drugs. So, these kiosks are awesome. When people come and ask where they can dispose them, we can complete the cycle and be a resource for them,” said Ann Redding, Owner of Crossroads Pharmacy in Smiths Station.
Auburn University pharmacy students are a part of it too. Having these kiosk’s set up now in multiple locations is a way for them to educate their peers.
“I think as a whole, we need to be educated. These drugs can be harmful to them if they choose to use them recreational or to study longer. I think they need to realize the impact it will actually cause,” said Kena Lane, Auburn University first year Pharmacy Student.
The kiosk’s were set up this week and are now available for the public’s use.